This year, are you hoping to finally get noticed by your boss, show your team how fantastic you are, and get the raise or promotion you feel you deserve? In order to stand out from the crowd, you will need to know the difference between a “good” employee and a “great” employee and prove yourself to be the latter. No matter what field you work in, stand out employees often have specific characteristics in common and know how to work their skills to stand out from the crowd. Here is a list of 7 ways you can stand out and get noticed at work.
1 – Take initiative. A “great” employee recognizes problems and actively seeks solutions even when they may be outside the scope of their day to day job responsibilities. This could mean taking on a tough project that no one else wants to tackle or creating something new that makes your job (or other people’s jobs) easier. Simply meeting the expectations of your job is not enough to stand out and get noticed at work. Completing your day to day tasks makes you a “good” employee. You need to show initiative to become a “great” employee.
2 – Speak up. It is almost impossible to get noticed when you are too shy to vocalize your opinions or too quiet to contribute to a conversation. If you want to move up the corporate ladder, you will need effective written and verbal communication skills. If speaking up scares you, you are not alone. Public speaking is the number #1 phobia in America. There are a lot of options available in the form or online courses or books that can help you get over these fears.
3 – Get to know your peers. Take the time to get to know the other people at your company. Say hi to others in the elevator or lunchroom. Smile at people when you pass them in the hallway. Join activities at work or make plans with peers outside of work. Get to know the people you work with and let them get to know you.
4 – Help others succeed. Use your skills or expertise to help your co-workers succeed. This could be as simple as showing them a new excel formula that saves them time and alleviates frustration or working together to finalize a big presentation. Helping others to succeed shows that you are collaborative, confident, and value teamwork. It also helps you earn the respect and trust of your team.
5 – Stay out of office politics. There is no denying it, every job can be frustrating from time to time. Deadlines are missed, people make mistakes, and decisions may be made that you do not like or agree with. Gossiping about others or talking badly about your company is one of the easiest ways to ruin your career. Stay out of these destructive conversations and be careful about what you post on social media.
6 – Be productive. People often mistake being busy with being productive. People can be busy without actually being productive. Productive people focus on results while busy people focus on performing actions. Since there is limited time in each day, you need to spend your time wisely. Don’t be afraid to say no to unimportant tasks and focus your energy and time on items that bring results.
7 – Be confident. Trust in your skills and expertise and let your self-confidence shine. When you are confident, other people will become confident in you as well. They will trust your opinion and seek your advice. Just be careful, there is a difference between self-confidence and bragging. Bragging will turn people off and could actually hurt your chances of moving up within your company.
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